Customs

Regulations

Passengers arriving from an EU Member State 

Within the European Union, goods purchased for non-commercial purposes are not taxed at arrival.

However, the following limits must be respected:

  • Tobacco: 800 cigarettes or 200 cigars or 1 kg of smoking tobacco
  • Spirits (whisky, gin, vodka, etc.): 10 litres
  • Intermediate products (vermouth, port, Madeira, etc.): 20 litres; wine: 90 litres
  • Beer: 110 litres
Passager provenant d'un pays non membre de l'UE

Formalities must be completed at customs

However, no taxes or duties have to be paid under a maximum of €175 (€90 for travellers under the age of 15 years).

Travellers are granted allowances on the following products:

  • Tobacco: 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250 g of smoking tobacco
  • Alcoholic beverages: 2 litres of wine with 1 litre of over 22°, or 2 litres of less than 22°. The allowance is valid only for these two categories of products (tobacco and alcoholic beverages) and for persons over the age of 17 years.
  • Perfumes: 50 g
  • Eau de toilette: 250 ml
  • Coffee: 500 g or 200 g extracts and essences
  • Tea: 100 g or 40 g extracts and essences.
 

Counterfeiting

French law prohibits the import, export or possession of any counterfeited object, even if intended for personal use (the goods will be confiscated, you will be fined and risk prosecution).

 

Specific cases

Certain goods are subject to specific measures when entering or exiting a Member State of the European Union, notably:

  • weapons and ammunition
  • cultural goods
  • protected wild plant and animal species and derived products
  • live animals and animal products
  • plants and plant products
  • medications and medical products (except those for personal use)
  • wines, alcoholic beverages, tobacco and other regulated products

Contacts

You can also consult the website www.douane.gouv.fr or call +33 (0) 811 20 44 44 (€0.12/minute, VAT included). To contact the customs office at Sud de France Carcassonne airport, go to the Information Desk or call +33 (0)4 68 71 96 46